By RFE RL
(RFE/RL) — The Iranian Army has started ground and air military exercises near Iran’s western border with Iraq.
State television said the two-day drills are aimed at maintaining the readiness of the armed forces for countering international military threats.
It showed troops parachuting from helicopters near the towns of Sarpol-e Zahab and Qasr-e Shirin in the western Kermanshah Province.
The Iranian war games are being held amid increasing tensions between Iran and the West over the country’s nuclear program.
The United States and its allies accuse the Islamic republic of seeking nuclear weapons — a charge Tehran denies.